View Full Version : More partition help needed!!

13-05-2008, 04:16 PM
Hi all,

I have a 1Tb external USB hard drive which I intend to back up DVR footage to. The DVR is pretty much just a linux box with a flash-harry graphics card (:D ).

Because it's Linux, I've been advised that the external drive needs to be formatted as FAT32 rather than NTFS

I'd like to partition it into 4 x 200Gb. What's the best approach?

13-05-2008, 04:21 PM
Do you need to read it with windows machines?

Why not use Gparted and format it in ext2? Or FAT32...Gparted will do pretty much all file system formats.

13-05-2008, 04:42 PM
Yeah that was my first thought, but I'm still having trouble getting GParted to work on my work PC (Ubuntu etc work fine?)

Seems excessive to use a linux boot-disk based tool when it's not a system disk I want to format too. . . . .surely there must be some good free alternatives to Paragon or (shudder) Norton that I can just run from XP to work on a USB drive?

13-05-2008, 04:47 PM
I don't know of any free ones sorry. :lol:

I'd use Ubuntu in that case, seeing as it works. Gparted is built into it.